Dec. 15, 2008
For the second time in the past three weeks, Northern Illinois sophomore guard Darion "Jake" Anderson collected a weekly honor from the Mid-American Conference, after the league office recognized Anderson as the MAC-West Player of the Week Monday afternoon.
In the Huskies' lone game of the week, Anderson poured in 29 points, pulled down nine rebounds and had two assists in a 97-85 loss at Arkansas-Little Rock (Dec. 14), which came into the game ranked No. 9 in the Mid-Major Top-25 poll.
Anderson's scoring effort came on a career-high 12 made field goals. Two of his game-high nine rebounds were offensive caroms, and he committed just one turnover. His 29-point output came just one game after scoring a career-high 32 points versus Chicago State (Dec. 6).
Anderson enters Wednesday's game against Southern Illinois leading the Huskies in scoring (19.7 ppg), rebounding (5.7 rpg) field goals (63), free throws (54) and steals (22), while ranking second in 3-point field goals and assists.
Anderson has now collected three divisional Player of the Week honors in his one-plus year career, including two this season; he garnered the same plaudit on Dec. 1. Freshman guard Mike DiNunno was also tabbed the MAC-West Co-Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 23.